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  1. "It was a nice place to work, but the company was not run well for a declining market."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of room for advancement and they hired from within. Overall was a great place to work, until they filed bankruptcy and sold off to FNF.

    Cons

    Company was not ready for the decline of the real estate market - cost a lot of people their jobs. Senior management made poor decisions. Odd, everyone could see the end coming, except for the big wigs that steered the company in the wrong direction.

    Advice to Management

    Should have made better decisions putting the company in a better position for when the market started to turn. Our 3 biggest competitors were able to stay afloat - no reason why we shouldn't have.


  2. "LandAmerica, a decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work, training is adequate and the pay is about average. The atmosphere is casual, laid back, and mostly everyone is friendly.

    Cons

    Not that it was totally their fault, but management could have been better prepared to deal with the economic crisis. It is surprising that such a large corporation could fall under hard times in the housing market; but again, not entirely their fault.

    Advice to Management

    I think the communication between senior management and the employees needs improvement. It is important that they know who works for them, personally.

  3. "OK place to work"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits package compared to its competitors

    Cons

    Management was poorly prepared for the down turn in the real estate market

    Advice to Management

    New clients/orders are not the only part of the business; you must also take care of problems such as claims are the level at which they are caused.


  4. "A company that should be number one... but is sliding down the ladder."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    a large company, which should be better able to weather the housing and mortgage crisis...

    Cons

    Management's lack of competency and creating issues that have lost significant business for the company. Although you're not always on top in your industry as a company, better business practices and promoting those that are worthy of promotions is a much better way of staying at the top of the list...

    Advice to Management

    I'm not sure they would be capable of listening, that's why the company is where it is today, and not looking good for tomorrow...


  5. "If you have no other options, it's fine but it won't be a rewarding experience."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT Manager
    Former Employee - Senior IT Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits although I understand that has changed significantly since my departure. If you establish the right connections and stay on the party line, you can advance. There isn't much pressure to do things the right way and a complete lack of focus on continual improvement. So, if you just want to go to a job each day and bring home a paycheck, it's a good place to "hide."

    Cons

    Lots of politics, lack of direction and support from senior and executive management, incompetent technical leadership. They aren't really interested in ideas from employees. If you publicly stray from the party line, you will be isolated and eventually moved out.

    Advice to Management

    Create a strategy to implement your vision. There seems to be good conversations and a decent vision but a complete lack of a realistic implementation plan.


  6. "Not a bad place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reasons to work for LandAmerica are they are not too large of a company where politics and procedures constantly get in the way, but they are large enough to offer plenty of room for advancement. They are very willing to let you explore different career paths within the company. They are very open to ideas and will give you the resources necessary to pursue those ideas. They seem to be very flexible with time off for personal reasons and holidays. The benefits package is pretty good with a decent 401K and health insurance is top notch. All-in-all they are a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Not really their fault, but because of the current housing market there have been a lot of layoffs. Although I have noticed they will try to move a good employee to another position if their current position has been eliminated.

    Advice to Management

    I cannot really think of anything I would suggest


  7. "Build Great Lives is the motto, but please live by it."

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    Former Employee - Business Process Implementer (Project Manager) in Covina, CA
    Former Employee - Business Process Implementer (Project Manager) in Covina, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In the industry, they are probably the company that will lay you off last, meaning holding on to there staff longer.

    Cons

    Don't expect Tenure or Experience to be part of the decision when it is time to let people go. It seems like the corporate office picks names from a hat and that is who goes.

    Advice to Management

    The work and dedication from the heart can come from the experienced and highest tenure employees. Even though these may be the higher paid, these are the ones willing to go out of their way to do the job. Think that employees that came from an acquired company, have their roots still with the company.

  8. "Beware of Landamerica"

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    Former Employee - Escrow Branch Manager/ Senior Escrow Officer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Escrow Branch Manager/ Senior Escrow Officer in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This company offers a great benefits package and lots of choices for health insurance providers. They offer a great 401k matching if you have been there for the required amount of time.

    Cons

    Typical large corporate environment. You are just looked at as a number, limited advancement opportunities, quick to lay off workers if the company's stock isn't performing. More concerned about profits than employee loyalty

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Richard Niefe and the escrow management in San Diego. He makes promises and doesn't deliver. Doesn't give a rats a@@ about their employees.


  9. "LandAmerica is in trouble"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    LandAmerica has been very understanding when giving me the time off I have requested.

    Cons

    Wages for employees have been frozen, yet management has voted 2 million dollar bonuses for some of the top people. I have been with this company for almost several years and I have yet to see even a christmas card much less a bonus. We are being given ideas to cut expenses shuch as turn off the lights in the office and use the lights from the windows, while our bosses are flying to vegas for conferences and golf. The reasons for promotions have more to do with who is your buddy than how much you work or know.

    Advice to Management

    Communications are key, while you talk about communications being important you fail to follow through.


  10. "ok experience"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service
    Current Employee - Customer Service
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great HR deparment that are always available. Great at communicating information to their employees. Opportunity to learn more by providing learning resources.

    Cons

    Pay is not great and the cost of health insurance seems high. The raises are very low to non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Better response to the needs of employees concerns. Improvement of pay and better opportunity to advance within the company.


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